Emerald Tidings

June 2014

  1. Hurricane Season is Here - Be Prepared!
  2. EmeraldFest Concert Series Kicks Off June 19
  3. Plan for New Welcome Center Advances
  4. Coast Guard Road Bike Path Complete
  5. NC 58 Bike Path Nearly Complete
  6. Community Center Expansion Set to Open
  7. Storm Water Improvements Nearly Complete
  8. Please Respect Parking Regulations at Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area
  9. Reminder - Recycling Container Requirements
  10. New Beach Safety Course
  11. Police Department Programs Well-Received
  12. Neighborhood Watch Program Gaining Momentum
  13. Dispose of Prescription Drugs at EIPD
  14. Emerald Isle's "Second Helping" to Collect Leftover Food from Departing Visitors This Summer
  15. Did You Know?

Hurricane Season is Here - Be Prepared!

June 1 marked the official start of the 2014 hurricane season, and the Town remains ready for any (unwanted!) hurricane threats this year.

Please make sure your family and your property are also ready:

- make sure you are subscribed to the Town's email newsletter (http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/emailsignup.htm) to receive regular updates about current hurricane threats, evacuation and re-entry notices, and important Town information,

- make sure you have your hurricane re-entry permit BEFORE the storm threatens Emerald Isle (http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/reentrypermit.htm), and

- make the necessary preparations to keep your family and your property safe (http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricanepreparedness.htm).


EmeraldFest Concert Series Kicks Off June 19

The 2014 EmeraldFest Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access!  Pure T Mommicked (rock/alternative) will perform!  

Free outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening throughout the summer!  Bring your blanket or chair, and come on out and enjoy some great music with us! 

Free concerts are also offered in Swansboro each Sunday evening throughout the summer.  Check out the EmeraldFest and SwanFest lineups at http://www.seasideartscouncil.com/ .

Plan for New Welcome Center Advances

The Town continues to work toward the construction of a new Welcome Center in Emerald Isle.  The Board of Commissioners recently approved an agreement with the Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority (TDA) that would result in the Town constructing a new Welcome Center at Merchants Park, with the TDA leasing the new building from the Town. 

The new building would have a similar appearance as the Town Administration Building, and would replace the current Western Carteret Visitors Center located near the intersection of NC 24 and NC 58 on the mainland.  A location on the island, adjacent to the Town's bike path, is expected to serve many more visitors.

The TDA Board of Directors will formally consider the proposed agreement this summer, and if approved construction could begin later this fall. 

Coast Guard Road Bike Path Complete

The Coast Guard Road bike path now extends all the way to The Point!  The new path was completed just prior to Memorial Day, and extends to Wyndward Court and Ring Street, where bicyclists, runners, and walkers can make a safe connection to the Bogue Inlet area.

Additional retaining wall and landscaping work must still be completed, but the new path is open to the public.  Enjoy!

The Town also plans to resurface and install new pavement markings on Coast Guard Road this fall.

NC 58 Bike Path Nearly Complete

The final stages of construction are underway for the NC 58 bike path in eastern Emerald Isle.  Approximately two-thirds of the new 2.7 mile segment between the Indian Beach town limits and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access has been paved, and the remaining paving will be complete in June.

Upon completion of the NC bike path in this area, the "Emerald Path" will traverse more than 11 miles from one end of Emerald Isle to the other!  We are pleased to complete this popular amenity for our residents and visitors. 

Community Center Expansion Set to Open

The new Community Center expansion is essentially complete, and is expected to open in June.  The result is an expanded exercise room and expanded weight room.  Sign up today for one of our popular exercise classes! 

Storm Water Improvements Nearly Complete

New storm water pipe has been installed along Coast Guard Road and within Lands End, and final connections to the Town's overall storm water management system will be completed in June. 

Upon completion, a total of 8 different pumps in various subdivisions on Coast Guard Road will be connected to the Town's system that discharges in Emerald Isle Woods Park.  These connections will enable the Town to minimize the impacts and duration of future nuisance flooding events in certain areas.  

Please Respect Parking Regulations at Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

The Town and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are pleased with the heavy usage of the public boating access area on NC 58 near mile marker 18, and want everyone to enjoy the wonderful boating and fishing opportunities in our area.  The facility is offered free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, and Town and NC WRC staff work hard to keep the facility attractive and functional.

Please help us keep the facility among the nicest in North Carolina, and respect the parking regulations in place:

- please park in designated parking spaces only,

- single vehicles should not park in spaces designated for vehicles with boat trailers,

- there is no public beach access available from this location, and the facility should not be used for beach access.

Thank you for your cooperation!  


Reminder - Recycling Container Requirements

The Town implemented new recycling container requirements in 2013, and all properties must meet these requirements.  

All permanent residents and second home owners are now required to utilize at least one 40-gallon roll-out recycling container, and all vacation rental properties are required to utilize at least one 90-gallon roll-out recycling container for each 3 bedrooms in the rental unit.

Recycling containers are still available at discounted prices at SoundACE Hardware in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. 

New Beach Safety Course

The Emerald Isle Fire Department oversees the Town's Beach Patrol and Lifeguard program, and is offering a new Beach Safety Course all summer long.  The new course includes helpful information about the Town's programs, how to prepare for your beach visit, warning flags and what they mean, rip current identification and survival, spinal injury prevention, lightning safety, potentially harmful aquatic life, and more!  

Summer 2014 sessions will be held at the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive (next to the Police Station) at 1 pm on the following dates:  Monday, June 16  -  Tuesday, July 8  -  Tuesday, July 22  -  Monday, August 4  -  Monday, August 18.

For more information, please contact the EIFD at 252-354-2445 or bwalker@emeraldisle-nc.org

Police Department Programs Well-Received

The Emerald Isle Police Department continues to offer two new programs that have been well-received by our residents and visitors. 

The "PEP" program ("Police Educating the Public") is offered monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 am in the Town Board Meeting Room (http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eipd/PEP.htm). 

"Coffee With a Cop" is offered on the fourth Thursday of each month at 9 am at various Emerald Isle establishments (http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/CommunityNotice/COP.htm).

Come out and learn helpful information to keep your family and property safe, and also meet Emerald Isle's finest!

Neighborhood Watch Program Gaining Momentum!

Several committed volunteers are currently working with the Emerald Isle Police Department to re-establish a Neighborhood Watch Program in Emerald Isle.  If you'd like to learn more, or get involved in leading efforts for your neighborhood, please contact the Police Department at 252-354-2021 or jwaters@emeraldisle-nc.org

Dispose of Prescription Drugs at EIPD

Old or excess prescription drugs can be disposed at the Emerald Isle Police Station at any time.  A drop box is located in the lobby of the Police Station, located at 7500 Emerald Drive.  Please help us fight the ongoing abuse of prescription drugs!

"Second Helping" to Collect Leftover Food from Departing Visitors This Summer

Visitors:  Please don't throw your remaining food away at the end of your vacation!  Instead, please donate your leftover food to help those less fortunate!

Volunteers will collect canned goods, foodstuffs, perishables & non-perishables (even open containers) at two convenient locations on your way out of Emerald Isle.  Drop-off sites are near Bert's Surf Shop (corner of Islander Drive and NC 58) and near Holiday TravLPark (corner of Coast Guard Road and Reed Drive).  Volunteers will collect food each Saturday morning from 7 am - 12 noon from June 14 - September 1.

The "Second Helping" crew will distribute all food to local food banks and soup kitchens in our surrounding area.  For more information, visit www.asecondhelping-emeraldisle.com .

Did You Know?

Local sales tax revenues are the Town's second largest revenue source.  The Town expects to receive approximately $1.55 million in sales tax revenues in FY 14-15, equal to approximately 18% of the Town's total General Fund revenues.  Local sales taxes are remitted by merchants to the State of North Carolina, and then returned to counties, cities, and towns via a complicated formula prescribed by State law and decisions by County Commissioners in each county. 


Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
Posted by Frank Rush Sunday, June 1, 2014 10:56:00 AM